Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Art Institute in Chicago!! Spring Break 2010

American Gothic by Iowa artist Grant Wood! Being an Iowa girl myself I was so excited to see this right in front of my eyes! The placard off to the side read that Wood was trying to depict a farmer and his daughter and traditional values. I always thought it was supposed to represent a husband and wife. It said the gal was supposed to represent womanly duties such as cooking (the apron she is wearing) and home (houseplants on the porch). So amazing to see in person!
Do you love Van Gogh's The Bedroom? I did! Yep saw this too!

Can you believe how big Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is? Loved this one too!

I googled for the name of Picasso's sculpture and here is what was said about it. "Pablo Picasso's untitled sculpture was placed on Daley Plaza in 1967. While many Chicagoans initially scorned it as unintelligible modern art, it came to be a familiar icon of the city."
My family only spent an hour in this magnificent museum. I want to expose them to this but not bore them to tears. :) Anyway if you want to go inexpensively, go on Thursday evening. We all got in for FREE. The Art Institute has a sponsored evening by Target (love Target). The free hours are 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Happy Day everyone!


The Vintage Sister said...

Looks like you had a fun day. I never knew that about American Gothic either....poor daughter!
I also saw the Van Gogh and the Seurat pieces at other showings in Philadelphia. Isn't the Seurat amazing up close? I'm always in awe when I'm looking at these paintings in person. I love to go to the National Gallery in Washington DC because they have a room full of Lautrec paintings and you can actually see that he painted on cardboard. Cardboard!! You always think of these paintings as being priceless and fine but back then they were just paintings.

~Tonya said...

Looks like you and your family had a wonderful evening, Heidi. I have never seen them up close and in person, but I bet it was a sight.

Never knew that about the paintings and so nice of Target to be a sponsor.

Have a great day.

Ann said...

How much fun! Looks like you had a great spring break!

Kaili said...

Oh wow!! So cool! I always thought it was wife and her husband too! Makes me wish I could visit Chicago :)

Melissa said...

Looks like a great time! I love art museums. Thanks for visiting my blog.

lori vliegen said...

i love museums.....i've never been to the art institute, but it looks like a fabulous place! thanks for giving us a tour....! :))